The Anatomical Gift Program is now requiring proof of a recent COVID test proving the donor is COVID negative; or proof of COVID vaccination as a condition of acceptance. We do not accept donors who currently, or have recently had COVID19, even if they are recovered. Our other criteria also apply.
Please contact us prior to the death of a loved one, if possible, so we can assess that necessary steps are in place for donation.
"The anatomy lab was my first time with human dissection. I had hesitancies in the beginning dealing with the whole thing, but one thing I'll always remember you told us on the first day, was that this was the ultimate gift these people could ever give to us -- themselves. That is something I still keep with me. By the way, don't know if I've ever learned more in a class."
– Robyn Frank (1st year PA Student)
"I want you to know how much I appreciate your support of the Physician Assistant Education Program by allowing our students to receive their gross anatomy instruction in the Surgical Training and Research Laboratory. This new resource has been a tremendous assset to our Teaching Program and has allowed us to enhance our ability to provide a high-quality educational experience for our students."
– Paul Hendrix, MHS, PA-C
Assistant Clinical Professor
"The cadavers provided by the Anatomical Gifts Program to the Human Fresh Tissue Lab have been an invaluble part of the training of Gynecology residents. Since the lab's inception, teams of Gynecology residents spend a session in the lab as part of an organized training program designed to enhance the surgical training that they receive in their routine residency program."
"The residents and attendings offer these kinds of impressions of the skills they have acquired, partly through the teaching opportunities made possible by the Anatomical Gifts Program"
"The new cadaver lab is a great addition to gyn--has really improved resident skills in laparoscopy."
"The laparoscopic dry lab has been a fantastic resource."
"We really have the opportunity to use each anatomic gift fully, for both surgical procedures and techniques, as well as anatomic study."
"Our strong hope as a department is that we will continue to be able to offer this superb level of training to our young physicians."
– Dept of OB/Gyn
"I recently realized that the Human Fresh Tissue Lab has been operational for approximately one year. In that year the Lab has allowed my research to expand into new areas, including the characterization of human cervical anatomy and a study of whiplash injury. I am delighted to inform you that this laboratory and its manager, Mr. Clinton Leiweke, have performed an outstanding service to the University and to my Injury and Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory in particular."
– Barry Myers, M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Associate Professor, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Anthropology and Anatomy
"In my opinion, this lab has been one of the greatest boons to the Department of Surgery and to Duke University. I think this adds another dimension to Duke Medical Center."
– James Nunley, MD Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery